Do you remember my post about primers where I told you everything I know about their use and benefits? I thought it could be quite useful to make a similar post for concealers, especially now that I bought two new ones. In my eyes concealing is quite an important but also sometimes confusing part of the daily makeup routine. Let's have a look at it together, maybe that'll make it all a little clearer!
A concealer is meant to cover up something, thus the name. However there are different things in our face that we may want to conceal. Either it's dark circles, wrinkles, spots, redness, marks... So as there are different needs, there are also different concealers. Some are rather liquid and contain brightening ingredients, those are perfect for under-eye circles. Others are rather solid and more pigmented, thus fit to cover spots and marks. Then you even have pink, green and yellow concealers that all have a special purpose: Pink covers dark circles (as it neutralises blue areas), yellow evens out the skin tone and green neutralises red spots and redness.
Which shade for your skin tone?
When it comes to under-eye concealers the shade is key to achieving the wanted fresh and awake look. The rule is really simple: Always go one shade lighter than your foundation. Most concealers come in about three shades so I always use the lightest. Sometimes there may be additional differences like some concealers can be more yellowish and others more rosy. Here it depends on what you prefer or what goes best with the foundation you use.
Who comes first: Concealer or foundation?
Concealers that cover spots, redness or marks should be used first and then evened out with the foundation. Especially when you're using green or pink concealer it would look pretty weird to use them last. When it comes to under-eye concealers there have been huge discussions about whether they should be used before or after the foundation but I would definitely recommend to use them afterwards. As I already said they often contain these brightening ingredients so if you cover them up with your foundation they may not show the wanted result.
The ideal method to apply under-eye concealer
In order to not only cover dark circles but brighten your whole eyes, it is recommended to apply under-eye concealer in the shape of a reversed triangle. I then like to dab it in with my fingers. In order to prevent it from looking cakey I try to avoid to apply foundation on my under-eye area. Afterwards I fix it with a little bit of powder (applied with a brush!) to prevent it from looking shiny. For an extra boost I even sometimes mix my concealer with Benefit's "Ooh La Lift" for extra moisturising and to combine the covering benefits of the concealer and the brightening boost of the eye cream.
Products I would recommend
If you're reading beauty blogs regularly then you surely know that everybody is raving about Maybelline's "Instant Age Rewind Eraser" and I finally bought it last week. I think it's absolutely great when it comes to covering circles and making you look more awake, but it made my eye wrinkles quite visible so I will have to see if I can fix that by using it differently. As for covering spots I was using the Catrice "Camouflage Cream" but it looks terribly cakey so I'm currently trying the Catrice "Allround Concealer", which looks more neutral and also allows you to experiment with green and pink concealer. Finally if you have quite dark circles but don't want anything that looks cakey, I can recommend Benefit's "Fake Up", which is covering and moisturizing at the same time.